The effective use of color can enlarge the space. The distant objects appear with a fine gray texture to the eye. The use of gray and fine-textured plants at the edge of the landscape can increase the apparent distance between the viewer and the plant. Tapering aisles or plantations towards a vanishing point can also create an illusion of distance. The use of strong colors and coarse textures in front of a border helps to enlarge the area. To make the space smaller, reverse this concept and use bright colors and coarse textures in the back and softer colors and finer textures at the front.
Try to provide enough space for each activity in a given area of use. Using another layer of tracing paper glued to the plot, note these areas of use. Drawing bubbles to indicate areas of use on the overlay allows you to freely define spaces for each activity (Figure 19-35). The area of public use is usually at the front of the house. Private use or the family area is often at the back of the house.
A landscaping installation can be very simple or extremely complicated. Owners should evaluate the skills and equipment required for the installation and associated costs to determine if they are DIY projects or if the money and times would be better spent by hiring a professional. Permanent structures or large hardscape elements, including irrigation systems, outdoor lighting, stone walls, terraces, pools and patios, may be required skills that go beyond those of the average homeowner. When the job seems too big, call a professional landscaper and licensed. The state law of North Carolina requires that anyone using the title "landscaping contractor" be registered with the Landscape Registration Registration Board.
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